Safe Motorcyclists are Taught, not Born

Alberta’s Office of Traffic Safety urges drivers of all vehicles to be extra vigilant when sharing the road with motorcyclists.

From 2009-2013, 3,415 motorcycles were involved in casualty collisions. These collisions resulted in 155 deaths and 3,548 injuries.

Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high performance capabilities. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle and therefore are more likely to be injured or killed.

“Your safety is in your hands. Wear the gear, watch your speed and make yourself visible. Remember, motorcycles have a smaller profile, which makes it harder for other drivers to see you. Ride smart, ride safe.”

~ Mark Dobbelsteyn, Program Director – Traffic Safety, Alberta Safety Council

Motorcycle Facts

  • Two-fifths (41 per cent) of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions committed an improper action. More than half of these errors were running off the road or following too closely. Almost one-fifth of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions were travelling at a speed too fast for the given conditions. In fatal collisions, half of motorcyclists were travelling at unsafe speeds. (2009 – 2013).
  • Motorcycle crashes were more likely to occur in the month of July.
  • Nearly two-thirds of collisions involving a motorcycle resulted in death or injury. This compares to approximately one in 10 for all collisions.
  • Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes.  A rider with a helmet is 37 per cent less likely to incur a fatal injury in a crash than a rider without a helmet.
  • The younger the motorcyclist, the higher the collision rate. Motorcycle riders age 16 to 17 years had the highest involvement rate per 1,000 licensed motorcyclists (2009 – 2013).
  • The majority of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions are males.
  • Motorcycles demand a high degree of skill – proper training and preparation are essential to having a safe trip.
  • Replace a helmet that has been damaged and avoid buying a used one. A used helmet may have been involved in a crash and could be damaged.
  • Wear appropriate gear to provide an optimum level of comfort and safety.